The Jamaicans have established something of a dynasty at their Dover Raceway, in St Ann’s.
It was perhaps only fitting then that Roger Mayers turned the Bushy Park, St Philip Raceway into his personal playground at the Barbados Auto Racing League’s Digicel/Williams Seaboard Marine International meet yesterday.
Mayers, driving a Ford Focus, swept all before him as he won his three championship race starts to storm into second position behind David Summerbell Jr, and ahead of his Jamaican compatriot Peter “Zoom Zoom” Rae, in the tight race for the Caribbean Motor Racing Championships top driver’s title.
On Saturday he had recorded the fastest qualifying time and yesterday he started in pole position from his first race which he took with minimum bother. In his second outing, he overcame a challenge from his Bajan nemesis Stuart Wiilliams in a Lotus Elise after, at one stage, developing minor tyre problems. Third time on the track again spelt more success for Mayers.
Despite his dominant showing, one target which Mayers had set himself going into yesterday’s event eluded him.
He recorded a fastest lap time of 41.338 seconds, which meant that the record of 40.866 set by Williams on Easter Monday remained intact.
Mayers and the other drivers would have been mindful that there were sections of the track that were slightly tricky in terms of traction and were averse to giving their vehicles full throttle.
Mayers will get a further opportunity to eat into Summerbell’s lead when the championships head to Timehri, Guyana shortly.